DRYDEN — Nobody was injured Sunday morning after a fire, which started in a 1996 Saturn, spread to and ripped through a building housing a vacant office and two apartments.
Around 6:50 a.m. Sunday fire crews responded to 3 North St. after a neighbor called in what he heard to be an explosion.
The fire had started with a vehicle fire in the back of the building, said Assistant Fire Chief David Cotterill.
Dryden was first on the scene and by then the fire had spread from both vehicles, a 1996 Saturn and a 1997 Audi, parked behind the building to the back of the building and then through the attic, Cotterill said. The building, which contained a dental office and two apartments, one on the first floor and the other on the second floor, sustained heavy fire and water damage.
At the time of the fire, two residents, one from each apartment, were home but safely exited the building before the arrival of fire crews, Cotterill said. The two residents were assisted by the American Red Crossas well as family, said village police.
Clarence George, of 7 North St., was the second person to call in the fire a little before 6:50 a.m., after he heard a loud bang outside his window. The house between George’s and the building on fire had burned a few months ago and was being worked on, George said. He was used to workers throwing things into a dumpster and making loud noises and he thought that was what caused the noise, until he looked out his window, George said.
Firefighters from Cortlandville, Groton, Freeville, Etna, Varna and Cayuga Heights assisted on the scene along with Dryden Ambulance, Dryden police and state police.
The stretch of North Street from Elm Street to the four corners was closed for the duration of the fire and reopened around 8:40 a.m.
The cause of the vehicle fire is under investigation by village police. There is no idea of what caused the fire or damage cost estimates at this time, but both vehicles were a total loss, said village police.